Lyric Williams overcomes autism to be a 2020 honor graduate


June 06, 2020

Casey Ferrand (WTDN)-- The day has finally come for the Abramson Sci Academy's graduating class to walk across the stage. Instead of having their graduation in an arena as planned, they will each walk across a temporary stage outside of their school during the drive thru graduation that school leaders planned while following ongoing social distancing requirements during the pandemic.

The first student to walk the stage might have been among the last in any other alphabetized graduation ceremony, but this special student lead the way with a smile spread across his face.

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Lyric Williams showed up early to be the first in the class of 2020 to receive his diploma. While waiting for his principal and teachers to finish preparing for the outdoor ceremony, he gave hugs to some of his favorite teachers who he has not seen in person in months while distance learning during the pandemic.

Williams, standing over six feet tall, has a contagiously joyous demeanor that clearly brings joy to most who know him and even those who he meets.

Despite living with autism, Williams was able to overcome his developmental struggles to graduate with honors Friday. He was an honor roll student all four years in high school. He said it took hard work, focus and believing in himself to be successful. Plus, he said he had some pretty amazing teachers at Abramson who have helped along the way.

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